Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Jersey's embattled Gov. Christie was branded a bully today after he called a female legislator "a jerk."

Christie lashed out at Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle after she joined the chorus criticizing him for using state police choppers to get to his son's high school baseball games.

What really got under Christie's skin was when Vainieri Huttle pointed out that he left during the fifth inning to meet with Iowa businessmen trying to get him to run for President.

"She should really be embarrassed at what a jerk she is," Christie said shortly after he caved to public pressure and agreed to reimburse the state for the chopper rides.

Vainieri Huttle, a Democrat from Bergen County, said she wasn't surprised by Christie's outburst.

"I'm disappointed that the governor resorted to name-calling, but I'm not surprised given his pattern of abusive language towards those who disagree with him," she said. "The public holds elected officials to a higher standard, and this rhetoric doesn't warrant further response."

"The governor needs to learn some decency," Joseph Cryan, the Assembly majority leader, added.

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